After the runway extension program at Groningen Airport Eelde was completed in 2013, widebodies were suddenly a possibility. However, due to reasons we weren’t able to properly receive them yet. Recently that all changed and earlier this week we received our first Boeing 747 for a full stop!
In the last weekend of August, the 2017 edition of the Texel fly-in was held. Last year was my first time as a volunteer marshaller there and I had such a good time that I was happy to be able to go again this year. With the weather forecast being very good, it was promising to be another great edition!
Late June, we got a really nice present from the Oil Spill Response team. They were to send over one of their Boeing 727’s to land and spend a night at Eelde. With a few hours delay, G-OSRA finally became airborne as ‘BRO06’ and set course to Eelde. Naturally I had to be there to see this with my own eyes!
Last weekend, the bi-annual Oostwold airshow was held for the 9th time. Of those 9 editions, I’ve now been present for 5 of them. Not just as a visitor, but as a volunteer. Marshalling is my thing and I love hanging out around planes like this. And while the displays are taking place over our heads, I also have some moments to take photos. A win-win for everyone!
Earlier this year, I had the sudden urge to travel somewhere. The destination didn’t really matter, I just wanted to get out there. With limited options to take time off, I found a perfect fit for my 2 days off in early February. On Monday, I would fly low cost airline Wizzair from Groningen to Gdańsk (Poland) and spend the night there. Then on Tuesday afternoon I planned to flying back again via Copenhagen. This way, I had the opportunity to visit a new country, fly 2 new airlines and log 1 new aircraft type.
It’s become a sort of semi-tradition to go into Amsterdam at the end of the year to do the photowalk of the Amsterdam Light Festival. Even though we skipped last year, plans were made to go in the final days of 2016. As usual, this edition also featured some pretty nice art and lighting situations.
Every year, the Dutch Air Force Base at Leeuwarden holds the ‘Frisian Flag’ exercise. This is a joint military exercise and lasts 2 weeks, with morning and afternoon missions. It usually attracts a couple foreign (NATO) Air Forces as well. For this edition, the Air Base played host to American F-15’s, Belgian F-16’s, British Tornados, French Mirages, German Eurofighters and Polish F-16’s. Plus of course a number of Dutch F-16’s. This was the first time in the 8 years that I’ve lived ‘up North’ that I’ve attended the event and man did I have fun!
As 2015 is coming to an end, it’s time to look back on the year. The last few days, I went over all my trips, highlights and travel statistics to create this post. I’ve put in images to make some stats more visible and linked my favorite photos and videos from 2015.
Interested in what I’ve been up to this past year? Just have a look, enjoy!